With six days remaining of this year’s Modernism Week, there are still plenty of free events to enjoy!
Exhibition & Lecture: Hugh M. Kaptur, AIA – Gentle Giant of Desert Design
February 12 – March 12 (exhibition); February 22nd at 10:30am (lecture)
If you missed the dedication ceremony for Hugh M. Kaptur’s star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, you can still get your Kaptur fix with an exhibition at the Palm Springs Public Library: ‘Hugh M. Kaptur, AIA – Gentle Giant of Desert Design.’ Presented by the Palm Springs Modern Committee, the exhibition focuses on the career of Kaptur, celebrating and documenting his life’s work in Palm Springs through photographs and stunning renderings. In conjunction with the exhibit, a special lecture focusing on Kaptur’s commercial and civic architecture design in Palm Springs will also be conducted on Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Additional information about the exhibition is available here, and information about the lecture is available here.
February 13 – February 23, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. nightly
Illuminated Modern is a free nightly exhibition along Palm Canyon Drive that showcases a specially curated selection of mid-century and contemporary buildings designed by prominent desert architects. The building exteriors will be illuminated with a variety of specialty lighting styles and artistic colors projected onto the structures revealing the name of the architect and year of construction. Check out the Illuminated Modern map here, and for additional information visit the Modernism Week website.
Hot Purple Energy Mid-Century Bike Ride of South Palm Springs
February 21, 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Hot Purple Energy is hosting a scenic bicycle tour through iconic south Palm Springs neighborhoods, complete with refreshments and a short lecture midway at a private home, as well as live music and classic Hot Purple Energy hospitality. The mapped tour takes you through the beautiful Deep Well, Twin Palms and Indian Canyons neighborhoods that exemplify significant mid-century modern architecture, some with aesthetically applied solar systems by Hot Purple Energy. Hot Purple Energy’s co-sponsor, the Palm Springs Sustainability Committee, will be on hand with updated City Bike information, maps and giveaways. After the bike ride, the Saguaro is offering a lunch special at its restaurant, El Jefe. Bikes will be available to rent at check-in. More information available here.
Uptown Design District Late Night Walk
February 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The increasingly beautiful and vibrant Palm Springs Uptown Design District is offering extended shopping hours on the evening of February 21, 2014. Enjoy a stroll in this celebrated shopping district and discover interesting and unusual décor, fashion, art, food and drink. If you are a modernism fan, you won’t want to miss this night under the stars, where specialty cocktails, music, shopping, drawings and fun await you. Participating businesses include Bon Vivant, Design 849, Koffi, Trina Turk, Just Modern, a La MOD Inc, Raymond Lawrence, ModShop by Room Service, Trio, Modern Way, The Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five and Just Fabulous. Additional information available here.
Modernism Yard Sale
February 23, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Back by popular demand, the Modernism Yard Sale features local and out-of-area vendors specializing in mid-century items, along with area homeowners that have cleaned out their closets and will be selling unique mid-century modern furniture, décor, art, collectibles, jewelry, fashion and more. Come enjoy a morning of hunting for mid-century treasures, and don’t forget to stop by event sponsors Paul Kaplan Group/ModernBear’s booth for a complimentary doughnut. Coffee from Koffi will be available. More information available here.